Case Study 3: microblading old, faded PMU

In this case, my client had old, faded eyebrows that I had tattooed 5 years ago and they had faded out quite a bit since then. There was also a trace of another grey-ish faded application of PMU that was done 15 years ago by another tech in Hong Kong. What you see here is very common.

The predominant color had faded to an orange tone and her brows were in need of a reshape and redesign. This is very typical of almost every pigment line that I have used in the past. This is of course until I discovered Permablend and together we developed the Tina Davies x Permablend pigment set made especially for eyebrows. The colors in this line will never fade to orange, pink or green and are extremely stable. They have been carefully developed by World Famous Tattoo Ink, backed by decades of experience, passion, and commitment to creating the best performing inks in the world. I can’t wait to share more information on the pigment line with you guys this summer! Sign up to my newsletter to receive all pigment related updates HERE

Back to the client...

It’s a good thing the old colors are easy to hide since it’s so faint and faded. It’s a straightforward and easy cover-up with some loose microblading.


When you have any client come back after this long, it’s important that you treat them almost as if it is their first procedure. Ensure that they update their paperwork, in the case that anything has changed with their health, and do a full consultation with them to ensure that you are both on the same page. Whether you did work on them previously or not, their wants and needs may have changed since then, so it is important to get a good understanding of where they are at with their personal style and what they would like to do differently/similarly this time.


This client was so sweet and ideal. Not only did she have great skin that was firm and strong, but she trusted me as the professional and said: “do whatever you think is best”.  See the different types of skin and how it affects the way you work in the How Deep Should I Stroke Blog for more information if you’re worried about microblading different skin types.

These clients are such a wonderful challenge because they are a blank canvas to create beautiful brows that will both suit their needs and give them what you as the artist deem to be the most appropriate for them.

So for her, I decided to give her fuller, fluffy eyebrows and bring her up to date since her face is fuller, and fuller brows would brighten her eyes. This wispy, fluffy look gives such a natural healed appearance that no one will ever know that it’s microblading.

Also, since her skin is fair and she doesn’t really wear much makeup, we decided to go for a very minimalist brow definition versus a bold look for her brows.  Her old faded color was enough to give some soft definition behind the new hair strokes, which is why I did not shade her brows.

Check out the result and let me know if you like this look!

Immediately after:  The new strokes help to hide the old, faded brows while also maintaining that “wispy” look.


Procedure notes:

Method: Microblading

Needles Used:  Harmony 14 Curved 

Color:  Tina Davies x Permablend Bold Brown (coming soon)

38-year-old Asian woman, Fitz 2

Skin type:  Apple-firm and strong

Artist: Tina Davies

Let me know in the comments what other types of cases you would like to see!


A perfect ‘refresher’! Beautifully natural looking. Love them!

Marie-Therese Agostini June 14, 2018

Good morning the brows look so good I think the color and the hairs mimic are great, I have a question can I touch up my daughter brows since she was my model at the clase, I do a better job know is 7 months a go I think I need to do again since the shape is ok but I can do better also the color fade som I need to know if I can re- do thanks Connie

Connie Garcia June 19, 2018

Beautiful work. Having been doing
Microblading for close to 6 years now, it has been frustrating to see my previous pigment line healing
like this client of yours. I believe that users of permanent makeup lines such as the last line I, and many others, were using were being brainwashed into thinking that pretty much every pigment needed to be
modified with warmth (or other modifiers) which down the line showed up orange (or other unwanted colors). I switched to Permablend over a year ago and have been seeing great healed results. The trend now seems to be on the bandwagon of bashing microblading. Any technique performed by inexperienced hands can go wrong. Just saying. Keep up the good work and thank you for being so generous with sharing your techniques.

Brenna Escamillo June 19, 2018

I have had clients like this. I advised them that the old color will be there underneath and not leave without removal. I have experienced that the color retention is not great overall. They usually want another touch up within 6 months.

It would be interesting how yours turns out..

Debra Douthit June 19, 2018

Looks great! I’d love to see this client once she is healed!!!

Kendra June 19, 2018

Love this! Can’t wait to order your line of Permablend!

Julia June 19, 2018

Lovely! Nice lines.

Tawnya Lemley June 19, 2018

Beautiful work ! Love reading your advice and tips.
Thank you for sharing.

Kristin Scollin June 19, 2018

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